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Ms. Sinclair from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

November Book of the Month

My students need 30 copies of The California Gold Rush for each classroom. It will be tied to Social Studies units and an assembly. We use the books to celebrate ourselves as a community of readers!

  • $258 goal

This project expired on October 22, 2013.

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My Students

Have you ever read a book all by yourself and not had anyone to share it with? Have you ever forgotten the joy of reading a good book and sharing it with others?

Our school is working hard to create a community of readers from kindergarten to fifth grade.

This is a small school in California and our students, staff, teachers, and families are a close knit community. This year, we are trying to leverage that community to improve our reading skills. We are mostly English Language Learners and all of us are working hard to acquire academic and common English language. We are trying hard to become better readers and thinkers. A huge focus for us this year is taking notes as we read and using them to have deep, rich discussions across our community. We do this through assemblies, parent trainings, teacher trainings, Saturday Schools with families, and buddy reading between older and younger students.

My Project

Every month, we, as a school, choose a Book of the Month. In November, our book of the month will be an informational text on the Gold Rush. Every classroom in our school will receive a copy and will explore the book with their students. we put a bulletin board displaying every page of the book in our main hallway where students can read the book and write post-its on the board to record their thinking, thus leading to a school-wide discussion of the book. At the end of the month, we will have an assembly connected to the book. This month, it is a play from a local children's theater company about the Gold Rush. Additionally, one copy of the Book of the Month is given to a child from each grade who showed the most reading growth in that month.

Our school is working so hard to improve our students' love of reading.

We want a rigorous community of readers who are always reading, talking about, and writing about their books. Our Books of the Month create this community, celebrate reading growth, and allow teachers to make thoughtful science and social studies connections in their curriculum. Please help us celebrate with this book this month! We cannot afford to do it without you!

Ms. Sinclair
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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The California Gold Rush (True Books) • Amazon $5.68 30 $170.40

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